2777 Mission Rd | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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2777 Mission Rd

National or State Register of Historic Places
2777 Mission Rd | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Nashotah House Theological Seminary
Reference Number:100000523
Location (Address):2777 Mission Rd
Nashotah House Theological Seminary
2777 Mission Road, City of Delafield, Waukesha County
Architects: James Douglas, Alexander Eschweiler, Eschweiler & Eschweiler, John Sutcliff, and William Wood
Significant Dates of Construction: 1842, 1843, 1859, 1865, 1869, 1892, 1910, 1956, 1965

The Nashotah House Theological Seminary, located in the city of Delafield between Upper Nashotah Lake and Mission Road, was founded in 1842. The school’s establishment was inspired and directed by Bishop Jackson Kemper, the first Missionary Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Working with Kemper were James Lloyd Breck and William Adams, both recent graduates of the General Theological Seminary in New York City, who organized the school and oversaw its development. The institution was established to carry the Gospel to those settling in southeast Wisconsin, as well as to train priests for service in the developing west. In that later capacity, Nashotah House is significant as the oldest institution of higher learning in the State of Wisconsin.

The school’s earliest buildings are the Blue House (1842) and Red Chapel (1843), both in the Greek Revival style. Thereafter the primary buildings on campus were constructed in the Gothic Revival architectural style. The Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin (1859) was designed by James Douglas, a prominent, mid-nineteenth century Milwaukee architect. It was individually listed in the National Register in 1972. Lewis and Sabine halls were constructed in 1892. They were virtually destroyed in the fire of 1910 only to be subsequently reconstructed according to plans designed by prominent Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler. The Eschweiler firms’ connection with Nashotah House continued for over fifty-five years. Its final commissions on campus included Kemper Hall (1956) and Breck Hall (1957). The Frances Donaldson Library (1910) was designed by John Suttcliff, a prolific, Chicago area ecclesiastical architect who had only one other known Wisconsin commission – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the City of Ashland (1904).

Nashotah House is significant for its role in serving settlers and later residents of the region, as well as for its role as the state’s first institution of higher education. It is also architecturally significant for its collection of Gothic Revival style buildings.

We gratefully acknowledge the Fuldner Heritage Fund which paid for the preparation of this nomination. This endowed fund, created through a generous donation by the Jeffris Family Foundation and administered by the Wisconsin Historical Society, supports the nomination of historically and architecturally significant rural and small town properties.

This property is private. Please respect the rights and privacy of the owner.

Period of Significance:1842
Period of Significance:1842-1966
Period of Significance:1842-1965
Area of Significance:Exploration/Settlement
Area of Significance:Education
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Event
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Education: College
Historic Use:Religion: Religious Facility
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Historic Use:Domestic: Multiple Dwelling
Architectural Style:Greek Revival
Architectural Style:Gothic Revival
Architectural Style:Late Gothic Revival
Resource Type:Building
Architect:James Douglas
Architect:Alexander Eschweiler
Architect:Eschweiler & Eschweiler
Architect:John Sutcliffe
Architect:William Wood
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:01/12/2017
State Register Listing Date:08/19/2016
Number of Contributing Buildings:19
Number of Contributing Sites:2
Number of Contributing Structures:2
Number of Contributing Objects:1
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:2
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:2
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:2
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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